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Long Distance


Published 1941




Run time 14:38
Producer Audio Productions
Production Company Audio Productions (?)
Sponsor American Telephone & Telegraph Co. (AT&T)
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Reviews

Reviewer: ERD. - - January 17, 2010
Subject: LONG DISTANCE, a polished 1941 documentary from AT&T
Historically interesting to watch this well made 1941 documentary about long distance from AT&T, a time when the company was very powerful. Excellent photography and narration.
Reviewer: Graham W - - January 17, 2010
Subject: Wonderful Communications History (more please)
 
I agree with kisskissmary and Rick Prelinger, it's a wonderful movie. Even an electronics engineering type like me gets bored with the dull presentation of technical stuff.

For what is basically a PR movie an awful lot of effort has gone into its production, it seems money was no object in the days before Ma Bell was busted into Baby Bells. Yeah, and it was made back when engineers had some say in the operation. Nowadays, accountants would consider making a film like this an extravagance.

It's nice to see some things haven’t changed much. The large cable-laying drums on those special flattop trucks are almost identical to those used today. The ribbing on the drums looks almost identical. Except today, the cable drum will have fiber optic cable instead of copper.

Was a little disappointed in the full screen mode; the MPEG compression artifacts were rather annoying (it's very over-compressed as is with many Internet Archive movies and documents).
 
Reviewer: doowopbob - - April 12, 2009
Subject: Ring-A-Ding
Can You Imagine Sitting There All Day Doing That!A Bunch Of Real Phonies!
Reviewer: kisskissmary - - October 20, 2008
Subject: Long Distance
This is a wonderful film! I was one of those cord board long distance operators during 1965/66. One of the best jobs I've ever had for sheer enjoyment. I placed calls all over the world for people - in those days it wasn't nearly as easy as it is now. Great memories...
Reviewer: Rick Prelinger - - May 6, 2008
Subject: Not that anyone asked, but this is one of my favorite sponsored films
Long Distance is beautifully shot and blends music and narration in an elegant way. It's a great portrait of what AT&T's network looked like and how it operated just before World War II. It also links the buildout of the long distance infrastructure with the spread of U.S. influence throughout the North American continent, and implicitly shows the relationship between communications networks and state power. I also like the unusual end title!
Reviewer: mike bennet - - April 17, 2005
Subject: Long Distance
About two thirds of this film is overlay footage of 1930"s and 40"s techinical equipment for comunications. If you are an telephone history buff it is great.
Reviewer: mike bennet - - April 17, 2005
Subject: Long Distance
About two thirds of this film is overlay footage of 1930"s and 40"s techinical equipment for comunications. If you are an telephone history buff it is great.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - October 8, 2004
Subject: Yes, and?
I was intrigued by the shots of the women in the LD tables, so I eagerly dl'ed it, expecting some wonderful movie about Long Distance Dialling. Well, the movie focuses on that for a little bit, but then seagues into this curious mishmash about discoverers discovering land in the 1800's and how the US was born and so on. It also tells us about how far people can be from one another. Not very interesting imho. (great, I'm the only downlaoder of this film thus far and I'm already criticising it).
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